Keeping in Touch 17th May 2020

Day of Prayer for Humanity

Dear fellow believers and brothers and sisters in humanity,
Our world is facing at the moment a great danger that threatens the lives of millions of people around the world due to the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While we reaffirm the role of medicine and scientific research in fighting this pandemic, we should not forget to seek refuge in God, as we face this severe crisis. Therefore, we call upon all peoples around the world to pray according to each one’s respective religious convictions, to observe fast and to do good deeds to end this
pandemic. May each of us, wherever we are, and according to the teachings of our own respective faith traditions and philosophies, seek divine help to rescue ourselves and the entire world from this adversity, to inspire scientists to find a cure for the virus and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic.
As part of its efforts to realize the objectives of the Document on Human Fraternity, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity proposes Thursday, 14 May 2020 as a Day of prayers, fasting and works of charity for the good of all humanity. In this regard, the Committee invites all religious leaders and peoples around the world to respond to this call together; to beseech God, the Almighty to safeguard the entire world, to help us overcome this pandemic, to restore security, stability, health, and prosperity, so that,
once this pandemic-crisis is over, our world may become a better place for humanity and for human fraternity than ever before.

International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians

I am pleased to forward the attached letter I have received from John Adam Fox, the Chair of Trustee of the Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE), together with a poster and further information regarding the International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians which will take place on Sunday 17 May 2020.

Around  20 million Eastern Christians will be praying for Western Christians on Sunday; and conversely a similar number of Catholics from Poland, Belgium, Monaco, France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy will be praying for Eastern Christians at the same. More information is available via:

With my prayers and every kind wish.

Yours devotedly in Christ

XBernard Longley

Archbishop of Birmingham

Letter from FACE to Archbishop Longley

FACE Information Pack

A message from Cocaine Anonymous Birmingham

We are a 12 step fellowship called Cocaine Anonymous in which both men and women can come to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. We are not drug specific although our name may suggest otherwise. We offer a solution for addiction to all mind-altering substances, including alcohol which is completely free.

During the Covid – 19 pandemic, we are still operating our weekly meetings in Birmingham via zoom. Please see attached the Links to our meetings which I hope will be of use to your service users.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further information.

Many thanks

Kim K

CA Outreach Coordinator (Birmingham)


Update on MAC (Multi Academy Company)

Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CESL) – starting January 2021

Advert for the Catholic Senior Executive Leader for the new MAC comprising Our Lady of the Wayside and 12 other schools; 4700 pupils and 700 staff in total.Please visit for more details

A letter from Paul Bentley, OLW Chair of Governors

Cardinal’s radio interview on opening churches

Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke to presenter Justin Webb on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 14 May about how Catholic Churches can be safely re-opened for private prayer as the UK government eases its lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.